Foam Rolling for Health and Fitness
The instrument called foam roller which are actually sports massagers are the latest in the health and fitness industry. When the role of ‘fascia’ became known to users of self-massager instruments, the foam roller became popular. Therapists who work with professional athletes know that fascial restrictions are caused by these body connective tissues called ‘fascia’, and they are found all over our bodies from head to toe. Individual muscle groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit is supported and protected by these connective tissues. The ability to sit, squat, jump, run, and other functional activities are made possible by the support of these connective tissues. Poor blood flow, weak impulses of the nerve, flexibility and other range of motions become limited and the body experience other physical ailments with the distortion of the connective tissues. In other words, pain, tightness and discomfort is cause by distorted fascia. Fascia’ could either be pulled, torque, and compress especially during heavy workouts.
To release muscle tightness or trigger points we do self-massage or scientifically known as the self-myofascial release. Pressure applied to specific bodily trigger points help the muscles to recover and return to their normal functions. This means an elastic muscle and a muscle that is ready to perform at a moment’s notice.
The trigger point is the point during foam rolling when you feel pain. You can bear this pain although it is very uncomfortable. When done it would make you feel better. The best foam roller to use here are the triggerpoint foam roller or the triggerpoint grid foam roller.
A lot of people today find that deep tissue massage is the best way to release the tightness in the muscles, although it is very uncomfortable and at times, painful, but it helps to reestablish proper movement patterns and pain free movements which cannot be relieved by stretching alone. The muscle roller and other foam rollers are very popular today because of its effects. Breaking up muscle knots can help regain normal blood flow and function and can only be achieved with the help of the best foam roller or muscle roller sticks.
How then do you use foam rollers properly? You need to first apply a moderate pressure to a specific muscle or muscle groups using either a back roller, back foam roller or any kind of foam roller and your bodyweight. While rolling slowly, no more than one inch per second, try to find the area that are tight or painful then pause for several seconds while making every attempt to relax as much as possible. You should stay on the pressure point for five to thirty seconds until the muscle begins to release its tightness.
The best time to foam roller is after strenuous workouts or after an athletic competition and the muscles are all stiff. The best foam rollers can be found by checking online reviews.